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When Should Employee Performance Problems Be Discussed? (Hint: It’s in Real Time)

By Kimberly Kafafian   An essential part of managing employees is addressing performance issues. I admit, even for the most seasoned People Managers and HR professionals, these are not fun conversations. These conversations are, in fact, one of the most challenging aspects of a manager’s role. Because of that, managers quite often (ok, almost always) […]

How to Intrinsically Motivate Employees

By Kimberly Kafafian   As we head into 2022, I’d like to encourage business leaders to take a closer look at their employee engagement initiatives. Peek under the hood, if you would. With millions of workers leaving their jobs and looking for better options (aka the Great Resignation), this is the time to assess whether […]

Performance Management for Remote Workers

By Kimberly Kafafian   In a magnitude of ways and for a magnitude of reasons, COVID-19 (and oh hello, Omicron variant) continues to turn our worlds upside down. Remote work, telework, working from home, working from anywhere, virtual work, and hybrid work are all real things now. But what happens when managers, business owners and […]

7 Types of Intrinsic Rewards for Employees

By Kimberly Kafafian   It’s a new year, which means new goals and objectives. And for the majority of employers right now, attracting and retaining top talent is topping the list. Businesses of all sizes, across all sectors are scrambling to keep current employees engaged and strategizing on how to draw new workers into the […]

Creating Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

By Kimberly Kafafian   The most wonderful time of the year is also the craziest. Crazy busy. Crazy crowded. Crazy expensive. Each and every December, I contemplate how hard it is to juggle end of year obligations with still performing our regular daily tasks. And as anyone that works in HR knows, the end of […]

How to Address Burnout in the Workplace

By Kimberly Kafafian   End of year burn out. It’s real. And chances are your teams are experiencing it, especially after 18+ months of whirlwind pandemic living. Even though I take specific actions in a conscious effort to prevent my employees from becoming overwhelmed, the continuous daily grind over months on end naturally starts to […]

Thanking Employees During this Time

By Kimberly Kafafian   This past year has definitely been a trying one on both the work and home fronts, which for many of us has been one and the same. There’s been so much disruption, particularly related to where we work, how we work, whom we work with, and the volume of work. It’s […]

Career Development Discussions with Employees

A Smart Strategy Against the Great Resignation By Kimberly Kafafian   Anyone that’s recently dined out and/or stood on line at a retail store and/or tried to get a customer service representative on the phone and/or needed to get their car serviced can attest to our rapidly thinning workforce. A quick Google search will tell you […]

Career Development and Employee Engagement

Companies Can’t Afford to Ignore the Connection By Nicole Martin   I worked with a company that is pretty amazing: from their mission to employee benefits to how genuinely nice the people are, it would be difficult to find a reason not to work there. The leadership team, however, heard murmurings of unhappy employees because […]